After the initial shock and actual sympathy, there’s has been nothing intelligent online said “about” the terrorist attack in Boston –just free floating clichés about indomitable human spirit, resilience, human goodness, and empathy –Pamela Geller notwithstanding. The Huffington Post was unreadable yesterday, and NPR this morning is unlistenable. Nobody knows anything right now, so maybe there’s nothing to say, apart from understanding the need to remain alert to one’s own physical, emotional, and political environments. Maybe listen to music. Walking around off-campus on a warm sunny Monday evening, the kids were hanging out drinking beer. Makes sense to me. Listening to the BBC last night, the two explosions had a big, deep boom. You check in with friends and loved ones just to make sure or just to make contact, and I think that’s just about it.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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2 Responses to Boston

  1. Barbara says:

    I can only add that I wish that bombings in Afghanistan or Iraq elicited a fraction of interest the media show to Boston.

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